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And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

Two NDP humans resign their candidacy for alleged racist tropes

The National Post headline reads, "Two federal NDP candidates...

Inflation races higher in Canada — another new emergent threat to any economic recovery

Globe and Mail — They're reporting that Canada’s inflation rate jumps to 4.1%, fastest pace since 2003, sending shockwaves to almost nobody in the news media ahead of the stupid election. For example, the state-owned CBC "news media" division of the Trudeau Liberals reports it as their news item number seven or eight from the top. The G&M, as if explaining it to the CBC, wrote:
"The Statscan report arrives just five days before a federal election that’s seen affordability emerge as a key theme on the campaign trail, with all major parties pitching ideas to rein in a variety of costs, including for housing, child care and wireless plans..."
The cost of "wireless plans" is something like priority number 18,539 for me and 99% of the country, but Jagmeet Singh and the NDP — and therefore their loyal media at every opportunity — make out like it's more important than... I don't know.... inflation at 4% and Canada falling out of the economic freedom top ten... to say nothing of trillion-dollar debts and out-of-control budgets, and that thing about the end of our freedom of speech 'n junk like that. But ma wireless plan!!%#

Not “election news,” apparently: Canada drops out of top 10 countries in annual economic freedom report

Fraser Institute — In a sane land with actual journalism, this would be front-page news, one week ahead of an election. "In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Canada initially ranked 8th, although data revisions later lowered its rank to 13th.)"
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Ottawa and the provinces, Canadians are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in Canada,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government [Canada: 111th], legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).

Why isn’t this the biggest story in Canada?

National Review — "Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?"  Their sub-head put it exactly right:
"A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug."
And they begin their story much as I have over the years: "Do a search for “Larry Elder” and gorilla on the CNN website and nothing comes up. Washington Post? Zilch. Nothing comes up on the New York Times site either..." — only replace those outfits with CBC, CTV, Global, Globe & Mail, etc.
In case you're stupid, let me fill you in: Larry Elder is a black man, but moreover, and in fact almost entirely over, he is a conservative man of considerable intellect and conscience. A Republican.
Indeed, in Canada, wherein they talk endlessly about evvvvvvery instance of "racism" in America in their activist effort to have it spill over into Canada and create divisions here to help fulfill their political ends, they utterly ignored this overt racism doozy. Why? Because they're hypocritical, dishonest, ideological, political... anything but journalists. They should all be ashamed of themselves. But I bet they aren't.
And yet they are so self-assured and arrogant that despite their obvious corruption, which they don't even care if you notice, they continue to demand and accept YOUR taxpayer handouts.

WE: The liberals’, the Liberals’, and Trudeau’s shame —documented in 4-part podcast

The Podcastosphere — I've listened to four parts of the well-done series titled "The White Saviors," narrated by Olusola Adeogun. There will be one more episode. The series documents the "cult" — yes, cult is the word used by an interviewee who worked for them — that is the liberals' own WE organization. I always thought of this WE group as cult-y, and corrupt, and as phony as a Liberal or NDP campaign promise, and as a leftist brainwashing center of bullshittery, but now, more so. Including, or especially because of, Justin Trudeau's participation in it. And the news media's love of it. And Big Public Education's embrace of it. And all of that combined.
The podcast is well described as "the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good."
Produced by Canadaland, which has been on it for years, and arguably broke the story of WE and Liberal Party corruption in 2020.

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Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media — I bring you the numbers because the others won't. The "news" media only bring you the news they want you to know, filtered through their very special way of telling it to you — because as you know, they're not really a "news media" at all. Therefore, Biden being increasingly underwater, as demonstrated by the scientific data that the news media studiously refuses to follow at, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
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Read a well-reasoned explanation of Biden's declining poll numbers by Rich Lowry, at Politico, but not at any of the "news media" outlets that couldn't stop reporting on Trump's declining poll numbers.

We won’t “get thru this together,” any more, boyfriend.

Globe and Mail — The Liberals' Globe and Mail division sounded off today on none other than their hero, liberalism's fancy-socked neo-liberal, The Right Woke Justin Trudeau. Seems the marriage is off.
"...We will never find comfort in the Liberal Leader’s corrupted line that we will “get through this together.” He doesn’t mean it. Only certain people matter to Mr. Trudeau – the ones he uses to prosecute identity politics for the singular purpose of furthering his destiny. ..."
The G&M, in a historic fashion reminiscent of the Maclean's revelation of two years ago, suddenly wakes up to discover that the Emperor wears no clothes; or at least those he does wear are just butt-ugly, overly showy, and of poor — possibly Fabrique en Chine —quality. He is, in fact, Right Woke, as I've been saying. And thus, the G&M finally seems to have woken up. Good morning.

Vacation in Progress – a Quicktake

I regret to inform you that even I have...

Vacation in progress

I regret to inform you that even I have to take time off. Plus, my office is getting re-carpeted, and thus my office furniture and computer (whatever that is) is currently jammed into another room, much of it standing on its end, and inaccessible. I could do all my work on a laptop, like I'm doing now, but I'm not an animal. Summer's nearly over, and thus, so will be my vacationing.

The Article

image Vancouver Sun columnist Harvey Enchin wins my award for the best lines of the 2008 federal budget analysis festival: 

“Mercifully, Flaherty further inoculated the country against the lunacy of the climate change zealots, led by the Suzuki Foundation, who demanded the government extract $50 billion to $100 billion a year from the economy to spend on—well, nothing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be one of the few politicians who realizes much of the climate change agenda is a disguised effort to subvert capitalist economies.”

Now, I’m not entirely sure that Prime Minister Harper has in fact been properly immunized from the (he described it spot-on) “disguised effort to subvert capitalist economies”, if his minister John (“Captain Climate”) Baird is any indication.  Baird’s incessant, breathless blathering about the evils of climate change (and he is one who seems as firmly entrenched in the hysterical “man made global warming” religious cult as any other environut) being the most important thing ever in our lives, ever ever ever, would be risible if not downright scary and so very appeasing to the far-left.  Nonetheless, this budget might have been the one, if ever there was to be one, which would have proven whether or not they’d all drank the Kool Aid over there at Conservative Party HQ.  And it appears they haven’t all.  (I still say they’re mixing it in with their beer and sipping it slowly…) 

And Mr. Enchin wins again, this time for this terse, pointed statement, which in fact seems to point me to the “exit” and directs me to go though it, as so often happens to us conservatives. 

“Proponents of smaller, simpler government may as well pack up and go home.”

As on much of the social side, even on the fiscal side we can see where this “conservative” government fails to make the grade insofar as being an actual conservative government.  With the rise in spending (yes, rise) still outstripping GDP and inflation (even after the previous two budgets already did so, and even more egregiously), this budget means still bigger government.  That’s right, to them, government still isn’t big enough yet.  They want more government.  They want it to be still more strident in its reach and its meddling in our lives.  It’s already in every facet of our homes and businesses.  But it’s not enough yet. 

And that is NOT a conservative ideal, policy, or platform.  It is purely liberal-left.  And yet I should pack up? 

I’m told all the time by liberals who email me that me and my ilk—conservative-thinking folks—have no place here in Canada—my home— and that I should pack up and move to Texas if I want to be a conservative and speak up about the value of being conservative.  (Or else just shut up, presumably, since free speech is reserved for “the right message”, apparently). 

And now I find that according to Mr. Enchin (who, by the way, is right at least in his assessment), if I want a properly fiscally conservative government, I should pack up and, well, “go home” (to I’m not sure where, but apparently I’m to accept that this isn’t my home anymore, as the state needs to spread its fat ugly naked body all over it).  That defeatist attitude isn’t for me, and I’ll just politely thank him and pass on it. 

People should stop telling me to pack up and leave.  I’m bored of it.  By the way it’s outright bigotry on the part of those pompously “tolerant” liberals who seem to actually want to invoke a sort of twist on ethnic cleansing of conservatives to take place in “their” country.  But I don’t really care what they think. 

I know how “politeness” is supposed to be such a grand and precious “Canadian Value”, but worse, simply being obedient and complacent and walking away or otherwise taking it, and obediently falling into the Fabian socialist trance successfully imposed on us by the liberal-left media, academia, the political elite, and through the thoroughly leftist-ensconced news and entertainment industry (which in Canada is partially state-owned and state-run),  is in fact, sadly, another “Canadian Value”.  But here’s an idea:  both of those values can pack-up and leave.  I’m not going anywhere.  The Fabian socialist model is not, in fact, what made Canada and the United States and other capitalist countries rich and powerful and great—it was and is in fact the exact opposite.  So it can pack-up and hop aboard the slow boat to China, Cuba or North Korea, or Hell, where it already resides.

Here’s what you can take home with you:  “Proponents of smaller, simpler government may as well pack up and go home.”  No no no.  I’m home.  Who invited the damn government into my home?  It can leave.  I’m staying.  This is my damn home. I’m the one who’s home.


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